Theoretical Particle Physics Group

Welcome  to the Theoretical Particle Physics Group in the Department of Physics at Royal Holloway University of London in the South East Physics Network (SEPnet).  We conduct research in the areas of collider phenomenology and astro-particle theory.  The collider phenomenology activity includes precision calculations for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN and phenomenological studies of Higgs and electroweak gauge bosons in and beyond the Standard Model.  The astro-particle activity includes theoretical developments in dark matter physics, early universe cosmology and neutrino physics. We are part of the NExT Institute.

Available PhD projects and postdoc opportunities: 

Astro-particle physics  (supervisor: Stephen West)

LHC phenomenology
  (supervisor: Nikolas Kauer)

Other topics are possible and should be discussed with a supervisor.

Join us as postdoc : consider applying to the funding schemes listed below.


Group Staff

Academic Staff

 Name Office Email Phone number 
  Dr Nikolas Kauer W260 

+44 (0)1784
44 3500 

   Dr Stephen West  W261  +44 (0)1784
27 6466 

Affiliated academic staff in experimental particle physics: 
Dr Veronique Boisvert  (Director of Centre for Particle Physics) 
Dr Veronique Boisvert (ATLAS Group Leader)
, Prof Glen Cowan, Prof Pedro Teixeira-Dias, Dr Tracey Berry, Dr Stephen Gibson
Prof Jocelyn Monroe (Dark Matter Group Leader), Dr Asher Kaboth

Research Students
  Name  Office  Email  Phone number 
  Dugald Hepburn W263  +44 (0)1784 44 3460
  Alexander Lind W263 +44 (0)1784 44 3460

Theory Seminars 

Local and Co-Organised Workshops and Meetings 


  • Particle Physics Masterclass (organised by the Centre for Particle Physics)
  • Theoretical Physics Taster Day (organised by Theoretical Physics)

Funding Opportunities for Postdocs 

Please contact an academic staff member if you would like to apply for these fellowships.

Textbooks and Resources

Theoretical Particle Physics Projects

Peskin, Schroeder: An Introduction To Quantum Field Theory  (library: 530.143 PES)

Griffiths: Introduction to Elementary Particles  (library: 539.721 GRI)

't Hooft: How to become a good theoretical physicist

Perimeter Scholars International (online lectures under "Courses")

Publication and Presentation Resources (TeX/LaTeX)

Higgs Physics Reviews

Djouadi: Anatomy of electroweak symmetry breaking: 1. The Higgs boson in the Standard Model

Martin: A Supersymmetry Primer  (arXiv:hep-ph/9709356)

Djouadi: Anatomy of electroweak symmetry breaking: 2. The Higgs bosons in the Minimal Supersymmetric Model  (PDF)

Djouadi: Higgs Physics

Carmi, Falkowski, Kuflik, Volansky, Zupan: Higgs After the Discovery: A Status Report

Reina: TASI 2011 Lectures on Higgs-Boson Physics  (PDF)

Dittmaier, Schumacher: The Higgs Boson in the Standard Model - From LEP to LHC: Expectations, Searches and Discovery of a Candidate  (PDF)

Higgs Working Group Report of the Snowmass 2013 Community Planning Study

J. Ellis: Higgs Physics  (PDF)

Logan: TASI 2013 Lectures on Higgs physics within and beyond the Standard Model (PDF)

J. Ellis: Theory Summary and Prospects  (PDF)

J. Ellis: The Physics Landscape after the Higgs Discovery at the LHC (PDF)

Djouadi: Higgs Physics (PDF)

Peskin: On the Trail of the Higgs Boson (PDF)

Handbook of LHC Higgs Cross Sections: 1. Inclusive Observables   (PDF)

Handbook of LHC Higgs Cross Sections: 2. Differential Distributions   (PDF)

Handbook of LHC Higgs Cross Sections: 3. Higgs Properties   (PDF)

Interim Recommendations to Explore the Coupling Structure of a Higgs-like Particle   (PDF)

Theoretical Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London

Mariyan Petrov (MSci 2014) attends the CERN Summer Student Programme 2014 and continues as DPhil candidate in Particle Physics at the University of Oxford.

Darsh Kodwani (MSci 2015) continues as PhD candidate at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Toronto.

Anna Pearson (MSci 2015) continues as DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford.

Jan Heck (BSc 2015) continues in the Japan scholarship programme of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung).

Loren E. Held (MSci 2015) continued with Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge, continues as PhD candidate at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge

Hannah Tillim (BSc 2016) continues with Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge.

Ding Ding (Lanzhou University, 2014/15 study abroad year at Royal Holloway) continues as PhD candidate in Theoretical Physics at Pennsylvania State University.